TUCSON, ARIZ >> In their final game in the Tucson Invitational Games, the Southern Vermont College baseball team blew an early four run lead and lost to Augsburg by a final score of 16-7.
The Mountaineers offense got off to great start, scoring a couple early runs off a two-run homer by first baseman Cody Sullivan in the top of the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead.
After Augsburg tied the game up in the bottom have of the inning, the SVC offense continued tthe damage in the top of the second inning by scoring four runs off RBI singles by Luigi Magliocca and Zack Stacey and a huge two-run single by senior R.J Pingitore to give the Mountaineers a four-run cushion.
That huge lead wouldn't last long, though, as the Eagles scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning and then their four spot in the third inning to take the lead.
Augsburg continued then to add to their lead, scoring a run in both the fourth and sixth inning and then delivering the final blow to the Mountaineers by scoring five runs in the seventh to help them go on to a 16-7 victory.
Starter R.J Hale took the loss for SVC on the mound, giving up five runs on eight hits in two and two-third innings of work.
Pingitore, Magliocca and Sullivan all had two RBIs on the day for the Moutainers.
John Arancio had a team-high three hits for the Mountaineers, who a total of 10 hits in the game.
With the loss, SVC drops to 3-8 on the season and is now a season-high six game losing streak.
The Mountaineers will look to get back on the winning track on Saturday when they will hold the home opener of season in double header matchup against New England Collegiate Conference rival Mitchell.
The first of the two games will start at 12 p.m.
SVC softball continues to look for first win of the season
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. >> The search for the first win of the season for the Southern Vermont College softball team is still ongoing after the Mountaineers lost to Sarah Lawrence on Wednesday afternoon, 10-3.
SVC fell into a 3-0 hole after Sarah Lawrence put up a three spot in the bottom of the first inning.
Trying to dig themselves out of an early deficit, the Mountaineers got themselves back in the game when Christina Moore hit a two-run single in the top of the third inning to bring SVC within one.
Unfortunately for SVC, the Gryphon had an answer for the Mountaineers' rally by scoring a run in bottom half of the inning and then two runs in each of the next three innings to help go on to a seven run victory.
Starter Taylor Blake pitched a complete game loss for SVC, giving up 10 runs (seven earned) off 15 hits and walked four Gryphon batters.
Second baseman Rachel Robtoby went three for three in the game for the Mountaineers and scored a run.
Shortstop Lizzy Bench had two hits with a RBI and run scored in the loss for the Mountaineers as well.
With the loss SVC drops to 0-4 to start the season.
The Mountaineers will try to win their first game of the season in their next matchup in the FastPitch Dreams/ Snowbird Softball Spring Classic today against Morrisville State at 9:30 a.m.